Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.

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Friday, April 03, 2009
Iowa Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage Upholds Religious Liberty, Says Americans United
Today's Iowa Supreme Court decision striking down a state law banning same-sex marriage is a welcome reaffirmation of religious liberty, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. In its unanimous ruling , the Iowa high court makes it clear that religious denominations have a constitutional right to set their own rules about marriage but that civil law should reflect equal protection for all citizens and not be anchored in religious dogma.
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Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Tax Funding for Baptist University Violates Kentucky Constitution, Says Americans United
The Supreme Court of Kentucky should strike down a $10 million state appropriation for a university affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Americans United has filed a friend-of-the-court brief along with the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky challenging tax funding of the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky.
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Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Americans United Issues Statement on Tony Dungy Appointment to Obama Faith Council
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today expressed disappointment at the Obama administration's decision to ask former football coach Tony Dungy to serve on the president's Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. "God & Country," the religion blog of U.S. News & World Report, said today that Dungy has been asked to serve on the council, but he has not yet decided whether to do so.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Americans United Praises Arizona Supreme Court Ruling Against School Vouchers
Today’s Arizona Supreme Court decision striking down two school voucher programs is a welcome action that protects religious liberty and public education, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. The Arizona high court, ruling unanimously, said the voucher subsidies violate a provision of the Arizona Constitution barring tax funding of religious and other private schools.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Americans United Urges Texas School Board To Reject Religious Indoctrination In Science Classes
The Texas Board of Education should remove language from proposed science standards that opens the door to teaching religious concepts in public schools, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. "Texas can either have world-class science standards or allow fundamentalists to sneak religion into classrooms through the back door," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. "It can't do both."
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Monday, March 09, 2009
Federal Appeals Court To Hear Argument In Kentucky Case Contesting 'Faith-Based' Bias
Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday, March 11, will urge a federal appeals court to uphold the right of taxpayers to challenge public funding of a Baptist childcare agency that proselytizes youngsters in its care and discriminates against gay employees who do not share its belief that homosexuality is sinful.
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Friday, March 06, 2009
US Senate Should Reject Ensign School Voucher Proposal, Says Americans United
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has called on the Senate to reject Sen. John Ensign's proposal to extend Washington, D.C.'s private school voucher plan. The program, Americans United asserts, funds religious schools, diverts attention from public school improvement and has not raised student achievement.
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Monday, March 02, 2009
Americans United Lauds Supreme Court's Refusal to Hear NJ Football Prayer Case
The U.S. Supreme Court made the right call today in refusing to hear a case from New Jersey dealing with a high school football coach who wants to pray with students, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Without comment, the justices announced that they will not hear an appeal of Borden v. School District of the Township of East Brunswick, a challenge brought by high school football coach Marcus Borden. The high court's decision leaves in place a lower court order barring Borden from involvement in his students' religious activities.
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Friday, February 27, 2009
Americans United Issues Statement on Resignation of James Dobson as Focus on the Family Chairman
Dr. James C. Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, announced today that he is stepping down as chairman of that organization. The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, issued the following statement:
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Monday, February 23, 2009
Supreme Court Should Strike Down Display of Cross on Federal Land in California, Says Americans United
The U.S. Supreme Court should use a new controversy over a cross on park land in California to make it clear that government has no right to display religious symbols, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. The court today announced it will hear Salazar v. Buono , a legal battle centering on the display of a cross at the Mojave National Preserve in California. The cross was originally erected by the Veterans of Foreign Wars in 1934 and has since been replaced several times by private citizens.
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